Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ster-Kinekor has something for the Ladies


To celebrate a brand new year, Ster-Kinekor’s movie choice for its first ‘Girlfriends’ Getaway’ event on 19 February is a beautiful, fantasy love story. Winter's Tale, set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, is a story of miracles, crossed destinies and the age-old battle between good and evil.
So, what are you waiting for? Gather your girlfriends and head to your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema for a well-deserved mid-week break. Due to popular demand, Ster-Kinekor has also added four new cinemas to host its monthly get-together: Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, Secunda in Mpumalanga, Garden Route in George, and The Grove in Pretoria. Enjoy this new romantic fantasy with your favourite girlfriends, as you are pampered and entertained with a special pre-screening ofWinter’s Tale on Wednesday, 19 February from 19:00.
Winter’s Tale marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), who also wrote the screenplay based on the acclaimed 1983 fantasy novel by Mark Helprin. The film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint.
When his immigrant parents are denied admission at Ellis Island, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) is set adrift in New York Harbour in a model boat. He is rescued by the Baymen of the Bayonne Marsh and sent off to Manhattan when he comes of age.
Peter struggles to support himself and eventually becomes a burglar making an enemy of a gangster named Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). While robbing a house, Peter meets a young woman named Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay), the two form a special bond and his love for the free spirited woman leads him to become obsessed with justice.
For a fun night out with the girls, don’t miss this month’s ‘Girlfriends Getaway’ event. It takes place at the following select Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Wednesday, 19 February from 19:00:
Cape Gate | Cavendish | Blue Route | Tyger Valley| Somerset | Garden Route
The Bridge – Port Elizabeth
The Zone | Sandton | Cresta | Northgate | Cradlestone | Greenstone | Eastgate | Irene | Brooklyn | The Grove
Secunda Mall – Secunda

To make your evening out with the girls on 19 February even more special, there will be lucky draws, hampers and goodie bags for all our ‘girlfriends’.  Expect a little treat courtesy of Stimorol, Cadbury P.S., Pure Zone from Carlton, Destiny Magazine, Bella Magazine, Ginja Magazine, Adventure Boot Camp, Weighless and Curves*. (*Note: hampers, goodie bag contents and in-foyer activations may vary from cinema to cinema.) 
Remember, with ‘Girlfriends Getaway’, no guys are allowed!
Winter’s Tale releases to the public at Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide on Friday, 28 February.
To find out more, visit Avoid the queues by booking online, by calling Ticketline on 082 16789 or you can book at the box office.  You can also secure your seats by downloading the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone and Blackberry handset, to book from your mobile. To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @SKTheatres on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Robocop heads for IMAX Gateway

Seeing this action crime thriller on the IMAX® screen ensures you are part of the action

Since opening in November 2013, the IMAX® theatre at Ster-Kinekor’s most popular cinema complex at Gateway in Durban has already played host to a number of blockbuster titles. On Friday, 07 February, RoboCop will blast onto the impressive IMAX® screen, in line with its worldwide release. Book your tickets now to see this action crime thriller in the most immersive cinematic experience.
The IMAX® release of RoboCop has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® using proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customised theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie – and part of the non-stop action.
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate, OmniCorp, is at the centre of robot technology. Overseas, its drones have been used by the military for years – adding billions to OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring its controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it.
When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they ignore one small detail: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
RoboCop is directed by José Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson among its cast. The film is produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, with Bill Carraro and Roger Birnbaum serving as executive producers.
Seeing RoboCop on the IMAX® screen promises audiences an immersive cinema experience like no other.
The film carries a 10-12PGLV classification and its running time is 118mins.
For more information on Ster-Kinekor and IMAX®, visit Avoid the queues by booking online or by calling Ticketline on 082 16789, or you can book at the box office.  You can also download the Ster-Kinekor App on your Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry phone for updates and to book from your mobile.  To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, follow @SKTheatres on Twitter or Facebook at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Elelwani Hits The Big Screen


South African soapie fans will be able to see one of their favourite stars, veteran actress Florence Masebe, on the big screen when Venda film ‘Elelwani’ opens on 31 January. Masebe attained household celebrity status by appearing on shows like ‘Egoli’, ‘Suburban Bliss’, ‘Soul City’, ‘Muvhango’, ‘Generations’, ‘7de Laan’, ‘Justice for All 3’, ‘Morwalala’, ‘Inkaba’ and’s flagship soap, ‘Scandal’, in which she plays the role of Precious Thito.

‘Elelwani’ is the latest of her big-screen roles, which have included ‘Born Free 2’, ‘Chikin Biz Niz’, ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ and ‘Black Butterfly’. Her portrayal of the title role in ‘Elelwani’ won her the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held in Nigeria last year. “The film received 11 nominations in total, and I was surprised and delighted that I brought back the biggest one,” says Masebe.

Born in Limpopo, Masebe studied drama at the University of Cape Town and started acting professionally in 1993, appearing in children’s programmes and taking on cameo roles. Her launch to local stardom began with the youth programme ‘Electric Workshop’. From then on, her career took off. As one of the members of the original cast of ‘Generations’, she followed up her success on the show by landing one role after another, including co-hosting ‘Fokus’ with Freek Robinson, and continuity presenting for SABC2.

‘Elelwani’ is the first Venda-language feature film to be made in South Africa. Director Ntshavheni wa Luruli first approached Masebe about the film when they were both working on the popular SABC2 soapie ‘Muvhango’. “We are both from Venda, and the story is close to our hearts,” she says. “It has been incredibly rewarding to see our dream turned into the reality that is the film. It’s a respectful interpretation of Venda traditions and I urge all South Africans to watch it.”

The film is based on the novel by Titus Ntsiene Maumela, which was one of the first Venda novels to be published in South Africa. “Many Venda people already know the story because the book was widely read, so we are excited that South Africans will now have a chance to see the story come to life in the cinemas,” adds Masebe.

It tells the story of Elelwani, a young woman who leaves her rural village for the big city, where she completes her studies. She’s offered a dream job in Chicago and becomes engaged to Vele, the love of her life. The two set out on a drive to her village, intending to tell her parents of their plans to marry and spend their future together. After their arrival, Elelwani is blindsided when her parents reveal that she has been promised to the tribal king. Torn between a glowing future and familial duty, she initially rebels, but finally consents.

What follows is a cinematic initiation into the culture of the Venda in a film that is a thriller influenced by the tradition of oral storytelling. Shot against the magnificent green backdrop of the Thohoyandou area of Limpopo, incredibly beautiful images and a disturbing plot combine to create a film shot through with magical realism. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, himself a Venda, deals maturely with a sensitive topic and the tale comes to a complex and grounded resolution.

“‘Elelwani’ is a unique film and an important milestone in South African cinema history,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film locally. “Not only does it provide a window into Venda culture, but it’s also a well told tale that is beautifully shot, with solid performances from the lead characters.”

“Elelwani” was made possible by a generous grant by the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and additional funding by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).

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